Two Scottish brands win ISPO Gold Awards
Lonely Mountain Skis from Birnam, Perth & Kinross, and Teko socks from Edinburgh both won Gold Awards at ISPO this week.
Every year, ISPO, the prestigious international sports trade show, honours the best sporting goods with a coveted ISPO AWARD. The ISPO AWARD 2016/2017 is the most successful it has ever been with sports equipment manufacturers submitting a total of 535 products. This was an increase of 21% on the previous year.
The number of applications also shows that the ISPO AWARD has become increasingly important and is seen within the sports business as a coveted mark of quality.
Teko’s ISPO gold award
Led by Gordon Fraser, who is also behind the boot brand Anatom, Teko Regenerate Me socks took the gold in the ISPO Eco Achievement apparel awards category.
The Teko Regenerate Me multi-sport sock has been developed in conjunction with nylon regenerator Econyl. It is the world’s only sports sock to be made from innovative, recycled polyamide yarn.
The polyamide is sourced from commercial fishing nets, which are collected from all over the world and processed in Europe. The yarn is processed, dyed and woven into socks – and it all takes place within a radius of 300km.
Scottish brand Teko will also be asking customers to return their socks to be recycled again once they have worn out.
The socks also won a prize at the Outdoor Industry Awards last July.
Teko owner Gordon is delighted with the win. He said: “We have won not one but two awards in just six months for the Regenerate Me socks and we are incredibly proud of this achievement.”
Lonely Mountain Skis ISPO Gold Award
Lonely Mountain Skis is owned by Jamie Kunka, of Perth & Kinross. The gold ward is for their Sneachda touring skis.
The 100mm waist Sneachda are praised for their versatility both on steep descents and cruising through any type of snow conditions.
The construction is carbon/flax and boasts camber that makes skiing fun in soft snow while still maintaining a good edge in harder snow.
The jury reported: “It’s impressive to see a ski like this to be designed in Scotland. The subtle look, the wide geometry and the eco-friendly construction made this a winner.”